This book is a living collection of thoughts, reflections, challenges and resources from me and others to help the reader gain a better understanding of the principles that can be applied to develop learning and development opportunities and solutions in any workplace. This book is meant to serve as the primary textbook for learners who are studying how they can develop their own learning and development initiatives and support the development of others that they may be in a position to supervise, lead and support.
This work is organized into pages that deal with each individual principle of Organizational Learning and Development. The principles are numbered for convenience of referencing and listed in the table of contents or via The Principles link at the bottom of this page.
The word and concept of a principle is used throughout this book. My working definition of the word principle is a fundamental assumption or understanding that is generally accepted and applicable to generic contexts in a valuable way. The focus of this book is on a number of principles that I have found to be valuable when applied in any organization and workplace context to enhance learning and development of the organization and any of its members.This work is organized into chapters that focus on presenting and exploring one principle each. The chapters are structured to help the reader gain a better understanding of the principles, following the Wiggins and McTighe model that describes the 6 Facets of Understanding. ("Understanding by Design," Wiggins and McTighe (1998))
I have also attempted to include many examples, stories, and links to other writings and presentations that reinforce these principles. I expect that this book will grow and develop in time as it is used with classes who give me feedback on it. I am also purposely authoring this book in this environment so that others can collaboratively develop it with me and I can share it freely with anyone who finds it useful through a Creative Commons license.
The best way to get the most from this book is to do the following:
- engage in its explanations,
- reflect on the stories, examples, anecdotes, and questions,
- view the embedded videos and read the linked in articles,
- accept the challenges and tasks found throughout the chapters to practice applying and thinking about these principles.
Your feedback is very welcomed to help me refine and improve this book. Please email me at RodCorbett@gmail.com with any feedback, comments, questions, and suggestions.
If you are citing this work you could use the following:Corbett, R. (2017). Principles of Organizational Learning and Development. Retrieved from.... (whatever the URL of the page you are citing)...